Brazil’s Larissa/Talita Rally For Three-Set Win, Olsztyn Gold Medal

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 23rd, 2017 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

2017 FIVB World Tour – Olsztyn

Brazil’s Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes captured their fourth FIVB title of the season and second straight, rallying from down a set for the gold medal. The pair, which won gold medals at last week’s Long Beach President’s Cup, Moscow Three Star, and Fort Lauderdale Five Star, defeated Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes 20-22, 21-18, 16-14.

The match marked the third straight three-set affair for the Canadians, following victories over Swiss duo Joana Heidrich and Anouk Verge-Depre 21-15, 26-28, 15-10 in the quarters and Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh 21-13, 19-21, 16-14 in the semis.

Larissa/Talita made their way to the championship, by downing Germany’s Chantel Laboureur and Julia Sude in the quarters and countrywomen Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa in the semis.

Walsh Jennings/Branagh forfeited the third place match to Agatha/Duda after Walsh Jennings injured her shoulder in the semifinal match vs. Pavan/Humana-Paredes. The pair was looking for its first podium finish in just their fourth FIVB tournament since joining forces.

Gold Medal match

Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes (Brazil) def. Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes (Canada) 20-22, 21-18, 16-14


Bronze medal

Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa won via forfeit over Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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